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A Celebration of Phil Smith

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Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $35
Duration:
Sat, Jul, 5, 2014
2:00 PM
The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)

Procession of the Nobles

I Got Rhythm, for Horn Quartet

Liturgical Fanfares

The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

That's a Plenty

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Conductor

Philip Smith Philip Smith joined the New York Philharmonic as Co-Principal Trumpet in 1978, becoming Principal Trumpet (The Paula Levin Chair) in 1988. His early training was provided at The Salvation Army and by his father, Derek Smith. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School; while still a student he was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Smith appears regularly as soloist, recitalist, chamber performer, clinician, and recording artist. He has been featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic almost 100 times, either in New York or on tour, under conductors such as Bernstein, Neeme Järvi, Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta; his most recent solo appearance was in April 2006 in the New York premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwillich’s American Concerto. In addition to solo releases on labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Cala, Summit, New World, and Arabesque, Mr. Smith has recorded with the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Bargemusic, and New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony.

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Conductor

bramwell tovey Grammy and Juno award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in 2000, since conducting complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, and Brahms; establishing an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music; and touring China, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall in downtown Vancouver. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus. In the 2014–15 season he makes guest appearances with orchestras across the globe including The Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and the Kansas City, Helsingborgs, Melbourne, and Sydney symphony orchestras. Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. He has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Urban Runway, 2008), as well as the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a recording featuring the VSO, UBC Opera, and original cast will be issued by Naxos). His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was recently performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloist Alison Balsom, who reprises it with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2014. As a pianist, Mr. Tovey has appeared with ensembles including the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish National orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras and the Royal Philharmonic. Mr. Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1989–2001), where he founded the organization’s New Music Festival, and of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (2002–06), leading tours of Europe, the U.S., China, and South Korea. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, he holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

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